Psychologist Alex Delaware gets entangled in yet another interesting murder case when he's having dinner with Lt. Milo Sturgis of the Los Angeles Police. A call interrupts, sending the pair to a crime scene in tony Beverly Glen, where Alex and Milo discover two young people have been shot. The woman has also been impaled by some kind of crude spear. While the police identify the young man as Gavin Quick, the girl's identity remains a mystery.
Alex and Milo start digging and find that nothing seems to add up. Add in the similar murder of a popular radio psychologist, and things get even more convoluted.
The Alex Delaware series is once again hitting its stride. The prolific and powerful Kellerman gives readers a first-class puzzler that's filled with contradictions and human emotion. (May, 400 pp., $26.95)
Jill M. Smith